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A Handbook of Symbols in Christian Art [Paperback]

By Gertrude Grace Sill (Author)
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Organized like a primer, with hundreds of entries in 50 categories, this handy pocket reference enables readers to recognize at a glance the identity and meaning of all the elements in any Christian work of art. Over 160 paintings from every century illustrate the enduring themes of the biblical heritage.

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Explore one of the richest and most rewarding aspects of Western art with this comprehensive easy-to-use, portable guide to Christian symbols.

Organized like a primer, with hundreds of entries in 50 categories -- from A for Angels to Z for Zodiac -- this handy pocket reference enables you to recognize at a glance the identity and meaning of all the elements in any Christian work of art. 162 paintings from every century illustrate the enduring themes of our biblical heritage.

A short introductory essay explains how to use the handbook and the functions of symbols in art. Cross-references, illustrations, a detailed index, and the pocket-book size make A Handbook of Symbols in Christian Art an invaluable work for museum-goers, students, travelers, art collectors, and general readers.

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Studio: Touchstone
Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.18" Width: 5.08" Height: 0.67"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 19, 1996
Publisher   Touchstone
ISBN  0684826836  
ISBN13  9780684826837  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Sill was educated at Smith College and Wesleyan University. She has lectured on fine art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Frick Museum. She teaches the history of art at Fairfield University. She is an amateur painter.

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1Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History
2Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > General
3Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Religious
4Books > Subjects > History > Ancient > General
5Books > Subjects > History > Ancient
6Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Church History > General
7Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Church History
8Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > Archaeology



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Concise and Informative  Aug 30, 2000
As stated, this is a handbook, therefore the format is easy to read and gives you the basic information. If something then strikes your fancy you can then do further research based upon this excellent starting reference point. If you have very little religious background this will help you understand Christianity in Art. Even Christians will find the book informative and full of things that they did not know. For example, did you know that the number 1000 represents eternity? The handbook is layed out alphabetically, beginning with angels and ending with zodiac, all for your convenience. My only complaint is that the art depicted is small, in black and white and therefore does not show the details of the pieces of art. A good book for anyone interested in art, specifically Christian Art. The explanations of the symbolism is very good, it tells you just enough.
 
Great Reference Book  May 4, 2000
This book is very informative and interesting. It is laid out in an easy to read way and is a great reference book for anyone who loves art. I would definitely suggest this book to anyone who has ever looked at Christian art and wondered what exactly does it mean.
 

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